'Low-hanging fruit'

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Unless President Barack Obama and GOP lawmakers can reach a compromise by Friday, automatic expenditure reductions of $85 billion will be made in defense, health, agriculture, education and transportation.

While seriously affecting hundreds of thousands of military families and retirees, AIDS and mental health patients, low-income pregnant women and new mothers, Head Start children and lower-level transportation workers, to most in our affluent society the net effect will be insignificant. Our lawmakers have brilliantly targeted the governmental recipients who have little voice in today's society.

A less-painful alternative to cutting $85 billion in spending for the multitude of less fortunate would be to eliminate merely one-half to 1 percent of upper-level management personnel in each of these five governmental agencies. While this could be accomplished with no loss of management efficiency, the mere suggestion of such a pragmatic solution would be politically unthinkable within the sacred halls of Congress.

Lawmakers choose to preserve governmental growth with cutbacks on society's low-hanging fruit because it's simple and sustains their big-government agenda.

-- Patrick Jenkins,

Arlington

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